Whitewater shooting suspects make initial court appearances

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Andrea Anderson
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ELKHORN—A Brown Deer man is accused of pulling the trigger in a Whitewater shooting Friday.

Jamar V. Nash Jr., 21, pulled out a pistol and pointed it at an apartment with seven occupants--including a 6-month-old--before he was knocked down by another person, Valerian Powell, assistant district attorney, said at Nash's initial court appearance Tuesday.

While on the ground, Nash fired at the door, and the bullet lodged in the carpet near the doorway, Powell said.

Powell described Nash's actions as “dangerous” and asked that Nash be held on a $50,000 cash bond because there is a possibility of more severe charges.

Nash is charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct while armed and bail jumping, according to the Whitewater Police Department.

Judge David Reddy set a $25,000 cash bond.

The shooting happened at about 4 a.m. Friday at University Gardens Apartments, 370 N. Tratt St., Whitewater. The apartments are two blocks west of the UW-Whitewater campus, according to police.

Witnesses said they heard someone shouting in the hallway and told police they were “very frightened,” Powell said.

Police later Friday arrested Nash and three others police say were involved in the shooting. Two people--Nash and Dezmond Jones, 21, Milwaukee--were pulled over on Highway 12 by Walworth County sheriff's deputies.

Whitewater police said Jones was arrested on suspicion of party to first-degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct along with Brianna M. Jones, 21, Whitewater, and Ebony S. Nichols, 23, Brown Deer.

The shooting happened after Nichols had an argument with the apartment's occupants in Madison earlier. She returned with Nash to the Whitewater apartment, where they could be “heard pounding on the door” and “making threats,” Powell said. 

All four are scheduled to be back in court at 1:15 p.m. Monday for bond hearings.

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